The ‘slow’ forming sign of silent killer that appears on hands

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High cholestorol may not always be obvious to the individual, but there’s a lesser-known sign that may mean a trip to the GP. If you have high cholesterol it means you have too much of a fatty substance known as cholesterol in your blood.

If not treated this can become dangerous as it can raise your risk of medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes.

This is because the cholesterol can form into plaque deposits, causing the arteries to narrow and making it harder for blood to flow through. The plaque can also break away, forming a dangerous blood clot.

Often people with high cholesterol will be unaware of their condition due to the fact it usually does not show symptoms. The only way to know for sure is to get tested. However, on occasion it can cause certain side effects.

According to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), one such side effect can appear on the hands.

The charity acknowledges that in most cases of high cholesterol, there are no symptoms.

It says: “There are usually no symptoms of high cholesterol. But if left untreated, it can lead to heart attack and stroke.

“It’s often a hidden risk factor which means it can happen without us knowing until it’s too late. That is why it’s so important to get your cholesterol level checked.”

However, if you have familial hypercholesterolaemia, you “may have visible signs” of high cholesterol.

These include a condition called tendon xanthomata, which can cause lumps to form on your knuckles.

A xanthoma is a skin lesion caused by the accumulation of fat under the skin.

They might appear smooth and a normal skin colour. In the case of tendon xanthomata it can also appear on the Achilles tendon.

Skin specialists at Derm Net explain: “Tendon xanthomas (tendinous xanthoma) are slowly enlarging subcutaneous nodules usually found attached to the Achilles tendon or tendons over the knuckles.

“They are smooth, firm to palpation, and mobile. The overlying skin colour is normal.

“Tendon xanthomas are most commonly associated with familial hypercholesterolaemia, but can also be seen in cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis and sitosterolaemia.”

Another visible sign of high cholesterol that can appear on the skin is xanthelasmas around the eyes.

More specifically these will be small, yellow lumps of cholesterol near the inner corner of your eye.

If you notice you have xanthelasmas you should speak to your GP.

They might conduct a test to check your cholesterol levels.

Your doctor may also explain lifestyle changes you can make to lower your cholesterol including:

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